Imagine your first day on the job. As a newly minted graduate, you embrace the world with fresh ideas and unshakable enthusiasm. You plan to hit the ground running, learning from the best and dreaming of making a difference in healthcare -- all in short order.
Everyone remembers the excitement of that first "real job." Turning that enthusiasm into extraordinary achievement is an entirely different matter. Yet that is precisely what the 12 healthcare leaders selected for this year's Up & Comers awards have done. All age 40 or under, these young executives have led their organizations far beyond what anyone -- including themselves -- imagined possible. And while they come from a variety of backgrounds, life experiences and career paths, they share a common goal-quality healthcare, accessible to everyone.
Witt/Kieffer takes great pride in partnering with Modern Healthcare for the annual Up & Comers award program. The class of 2006 joins the prestigious ranks of more than 200 winners who have earned the award since the program's inception two decades ago.
These remarkable individuals may no longer be just starting out, but they continue to pursue their dreams of a healthcare system that nourishes the well-being of each and every person in their communities.
What's next on the job for this talented group of young leaders? We can only imagine.
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